Basic information on rangeland ecology, plant identification, grazing strategies and other topics will be covered. The workshop will provide information to help participants develop strategies and meet resource goals. Participants will tour the Experiment Station to observe the effects of grazing and burning treatments first hand.

A rangeland burning basic class will be Feb. 19-21. Fire characteristics, dangers, benefits and burn planning will be part of the educational program. Habitat manipulation with burning will be discussed. Participants will develop a burning plan and participate in different duties during practice burns.

All the workshops will be held at the Sonora Station. Participants will observe a wide variety of rangelands either depleted or covered by unwanted brush, areas that are in the process of being restored, and rangeland that has been restored by fire and management. Most of the workshops will be spent in the field learning and observing in small groups.

The cost for each three-day workshop is $395. Lodging and meals will be provided. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Separate sleeping arrangements will be available for men and women, with limited space available for couples.

Instructors for the Academy are Charles "Butch" Taylor, director of the Sonora Station; Mort Kothmann, professor at Texas A&M University; Ray Hinnant, senior research associate at Texas A&M; and Kent Mills, manager and consultant with Ezell Key Grain Co. Inc. in Snyder. For more information, go to the Web at http://rangeweb.tamu.edu/arm or phone (979)

845-5580.

Blair Fannin is a writer for Texas A&M University.

e-mail: b-fannin@tamu.edu